‘Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota’ is not a superhero movie | Review

While the Marvel – DC rivalry gathers heat, there’s a sub-genre of superhero parody films that have made their very own space. These films do not boast of over-the-top special effects, powerful meta-humans, or world-threatening events. They consist of beaten down underdogs who develop a quixotic obsession to emulate the vigilantism of superhero characters that…

‘Made in Heaven’ is unflinchingly brutal | Review

When you hear of a limited series collaboration between Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, you stand up and listen. The director-writer duo is inadvertently emerging as a force majeur in the film-makers’ circuit and with good reason. While Akhtar has established a firm footing as a naturally gifted director through her cult classics Luck By…

Sonchiriya’s gritty tale of redemption will haunt you for days

Ramesh Sippy’s 1975 film Sholay was more than just a fight that pitted two ex-cons against a notorious gang of dacoits that had terrorized the village of Ramgarh. It was also a romanticized version of the proverbial battle between good and evil. Jai and Veeru were the quintessential misunderstood samaritans who had fallen into the…

Total Dhamaal left me speechless

Remember that time when you have had a splitting headache and you wished someone could give you a free lobotomy ? Well, that’s how I felt when I walked out of the theatre after about 150 minutes of brain-titillating balderdash. The first Dhamaal came out over a decade ago with surprisingly well-timed comedy with scenes…

Revisiting Bombay 70 – The Naezy Story

Amidst the bustling subculture of Indian hip-hop and rap productions that finds its place in Youtube today, there is a 10-minute short film called Bombay 70 that had been showcased in the MAMI film festival in 2014 and had gone on to win the Best Short Film award in the Mumbai Dimensions category. This heartfelt…

Gully Boy | Review

No mincing words, no flinching courage, With heads held high comes the convoy, The commotion starts, emotions rise, Look to your right, Enter Gully Boy!! Well, the movie has got me pumped and my sleepy poet awake. Joyce Meyer put it aptly when he said, “ Words are containers for power. You choose what kind…

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga | Review

The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgement regarding Section 377 on Sep 2018 lifting the 158-year-old archaic law that prohibited ‘unnatural offenses’ in terms of sexual intercourse against the order of nature of any man, woman or animal. Being highly subjective in its verbiage, Section 377 had become a weapon for anyone and…

Thackeray | Review

In the year 1925, just the year before Bal Keshav Thackeray was born, the first volume of the National Socialism manifesto was published. It was written by a young man who had traveled to Vienna from his hometown in Austria to become an artist. However, during his travails, his worldview began to shape into an…

Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi | Review

There is something really alluring about powerful female characters. From being mere aberrations to helming entire projects on their shoulders, strong female protagonists have come a long way in trailing a blaze in the hitherto male-worshiping Bollywood. Indian history itself has not been kind to female bravehearts who have been reduced to the end pages…

Uri : The Surgical Strike | Review

If you are a regular follower of Indian politics, then you will surely have come across the copious amount of memes with ‘Kadi Ninda’ (strong condemnation) as the punch phrase. For the longest time, an average Indian politician cut a sorry figure post the umpteen infiltration and terrorist activities perpetrated on our soil. They came…

Pihu is the most difficult film you have ever watched

There are times when film-makers break out of the mundane Bollywood convention with scripts so bold and quixotic that it seems like a miracle that something like that even saw the light of release. After years of stagnation and an inexplicable apathy towards experimental cinema, Bollywood is finally breaking out of its comfort zone and…

Indian Horror is coming of age and Tumbbad shows how

Netflix’s Ghoul introduced us to a kind of horror that was very uncharacteristic for what we have been used to in Bollywood. There were none of the distracting tropes that acted merely as fillers until the next jump-scare. Ghoul’s unremitting personality pulled us into its dystopian gloom through its atmosphere that was layered deliciously over…